Athenas Upset NAIA No. 1 San Marcos To Split Doubleheader

Coach Hipple's Postgame Interview (San Marcos)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball team took to Athena Field on Saturday Feb. 9 with a doubleheader against the NAIA preseason No. 1 Cal State San Marcos Cougars. The Athenas won game one of the twin bill 6-0 and came up short in game two, 3-1. After today's split, CMS is now 2-3 overall.

Game 1: CMS 6, Cal State San Marcos 0
Game one started out as a nice pitching duel between CMS sophomore Hayley Schultz and Cal State San Marcos starter Courtney Allen. The Athenas were able to break through with a run in the fourth inning, on a two strike, two out triple by senior Harmony Palmer to right center field which scored sophomore Marie Bradvica.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Athenas were down to their last out once again, when freshman Janelle Shiozaki dropped a hit just out of the reach of the third baseman to score junior Megan Latta, who started the inning off with a single. The inning kept rolling for CMS as they scored five runs on five hits which proved to be all they would need for the win. Palmer and Bradvica each had RBI doubles in the inning.

Schultz (2-1) pitched a complete game shutout, giving up five hits and striking out one. Allen (3-1) threw five innings and gave up six runs on eight hits for San Marcos.

Bradvica went 3-for-3, with two runs scored and had two RBI. Palmer was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Latta, Shiozaki and junior Morgan Beltz each had two hits in the game.

Game 2: Cal State San Marcos 3, CMS 1

Game two saw the Cougars jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Tani Leasau tripled to score Kai Duarte.  The Athenas got that run back in the bottom of the fourth inning on a hit from Latta that scored Palmer, who started the inning off with a double to left center.

The tie didn't last long as the Cougars delivered a hard-hit double by Alex Miller to left center in the top half of the fifth inning which scored two runs with two outs to take a 3-1 lead.

Freshman Molly Rubidoux took to the mound for CMS, while Katie Wilkinson toed the rubber for the Cougars in game two. Rubidoux pitched well going four strong innings as she allowed three hits and had one walk with one strikeout.  Jourdan Lamoureux came in for Wilkinson after the third inning only giving up two hits in four innings of work for San Marcos.  Freshman Shannon O'Neill (0-1) relieved Rubidoux in the fifth inning and gave up four hits and two runs with two strikeouts for CMS.

The Athenas tallied seven hits in the game, but were unable to put enough runs on the board to get the win. Six different players recorded a hit for CMS, while Palmer led the way going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Athenas take the field Saturday, Feb. 16 for their SCIAC opener with a doubleheader at Whittier, starting at 12:00 p.m.

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